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Three Quick Hits from Wednesday's Practice

Posted Sep 13, 2017

TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor writer and editor Jim Wyatt offers three quick hits from Wednesday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans just wrapped up practice on Wednesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

On Sunday, the team will face the Jaguars in Week 2 in Jacksonville.

Three quick hits from today:

Heading home

Derrick Henry is headed back home on Sunday, and he’s looking forward to it.

The Titans running back became a star at Yulee High – in between Amelia Island and Jacksonville – before heading to the University of Alabama, where he won a Heisman Trophy. Henry said all his family still lives in the area.

“You are always excited to go home and play, against the hometown team,” Henry said in the locker room on Wednesday. “It’s a team I grew up around, and went to a couple of games when I was little.”

Henry said his family is OK after Hurricane Irma rolled through the area earlier this week. There was some flooding, and some trees knocked down, “but everyone was safe, thank God.” He said he watched television and was praying, and said friends and family sent him videos from back home of some of the damage.

“I know Jacksonville got hit pretty hard,” Henry said, “so I am going to do anything I can do to try and help and donate and get everything fixed up around the area.”

Henry played against the Jaguars in Jacksonville last year. He got a nice reception, with friends holding signs and yelling at him from the stands before the game.

“It was definitely a good feeling, to play on that field I grew up watching on TV and visiting when I was little,” Henry said. “It was pretty cool.”

Henry didn’t like the way last year’s game turned out, of course. The Jaguars knocked off the Titans in Week 16.

Henry’s not expecting everyone to welcome him back to town at the end of this week. Henry, who ran for 25 yards on six carries in the season opener, said the Titans need to be ready to play a tough, physical game.

Some trash talk back home has already started from some Jaguars fans in the area.

“They always talk,” Henry said with a smile. “One of my best friends, his mom was talking about they are 1-0 this week. It is pretty funny. You know they are going to talk.”

Walker, Campbell friendship

Titans tight end Delanie Walker and Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell are good friends.

The players share the same marketing manager (Lauren Renschler), and have spent plenty of time together over the years.

That doesn’t mean they’ll play nice on Sunday, however.

“He is a big guy,” Walker said of Campbell. “And we’re good friends. But when it comes down on Sunday, if my mom was wearing a different color jersey I would run her over. So it will be the same thing.”

Campbell is coming off a four-sack game on Sunday against the Texans.

“I watched him, and he looks good,” Walker said. “He looked refreshed, like he got over in Jacksonville and got really refreshed. He is moving around, he is explosive. We are going to have to do a lot to control that man.”

Injuries

Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey did not practice on Wednesday because of a sore back, and safety Jonathan Cyprien (hamstring) and cornerback Tye Smith (hand) also missed practice. 

Linebacker Wesley Woodyard was sent home because of an illness.

Cornerback LeShaun Sims returned to practice after missing last week with a groin injury.